Taylor took to social media over the weekend to tease what he claims are amazing revelations from his investigation of Skinwalker Ranch. His testimony is scarcely credible since he has happily spouted whatever nonsense Kevin Burns required of him for Ancient Aliens. For example, in 2018 he talked approvingly of claims that aliens built megastructures on the far side of the moon. On Oak Island, he falsely alleged that the island had been seeded with stones in the shape of the constellation Taurus, a segment reused in an Oak Island-Ancient Aliens cross-promotion last year. Eventually, the number of false claims someone makes for fortune and fame compromises my trust in his honesty.
I have no interest in playing along with their coy game of teasing out endless mysteries in what is now the History Channel shared universe of paranormal promotion. So, I’ll tell you what I know and that the show will take a whole season (or, more likely, many seasons) to reveal. As most readers know, since I mentioned it a few weeks ago, I spoke with Skinwalker Ranch owner Brandon Fugal about the ranch and its mysteries for more than an hour. He told me I could ask him anything, so I asked him about the evidence collected for the show. The evidence broke down into (a) lights in the sky, (b) anomalous electromagnetic readings, and (c) claims that visitors to the ranch suffered unexplained medical maladies. While Fugal did not feel that the evidence conclusively demonstrated anything unearthly (specifically, he said there was no proof of aliens), but also did not dismiss the notion either, Taylor happily sees proof of a nonhuman intelligence at work. What. A. Surprise.
I also asked Fugal what explanation for the anomalies he and his investigators were examining. He told me that one possibility under serious consideration (though, he stressed, not the only one) is that these anomalies are energy spillover from another dimension, and that the ranch is a gateway to a parallel universe, perhaps an afterlife dimension where consciousness goes after death. You will recognize this speculative idea as one that Hal Puthoff and his friends like Jacques Vallée have been going on about for four decades or so. I can’t quite wrap my head around the idea that the afterlife is a physical, material place you could enter through a door or that UFOs are space poltergeists on loan from heaven.
So much for the secret of Skinwalker Ranch—just the typical paranormal hotspot claims familiar since the Victorian era, dressed up in more scientific guise and now imagined to be unique. I discussed the ranch in more detail when I reviewed Hunt for the Skinwalker in 2018, so read that for background. There is no point in repeating myself.
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